che·​mot·​ro·​pism | \ ki-ˈmä-trə-ˌpi-zəm How to pronounce chemotropism (audio) , ke- \

Definition of chemotropism

: orientation of cells or organisms in relation to chemical stimuli

First Known Use of chemotropism

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chemotropism

borrowed from German Chemotropismus, from chemo- chemo- + -tropismus -tropism

Note: The term was introduced by the German physiologist Max Verworn (1863-1921) in Psycho-physiologische Protisten-Studien (Jena, 1889), p. 103. Verworn intended it as a replacement for the term Chemotaxis introduced the previous year by Wilhelm Pfeffer (see chemotaxis), in line with existing terms ending in -tropismus.

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“Chemotropism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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che·​mot·​ro·​pism | \ ki-ˈmä-trə-ˌpiz-əm, ke- How to pronounce chemotropism (audio) \

Medical Definition of chemotropism

: orientation of cells or organisms in relation to chemical stimuli

Other Words from chemotropism

chemotropic \ ˌkē-​mə-​ˈtrō-​pik How to pronounce chemotropism (audio) \ adjective
chemotropically \ -​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce chemotropism (audio) \ adverb

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